The transcript of Dennis Allen’s press conference during the early hours of Monday morning following the biggest win of his career as the Oakland Raiders head coach, defeating the San Diego Chargers 27-17 to move to 2-3.
From the Raiders official website:
On the game
Really the only injury in the game, the guy that didn’t finish, Rashad Jennings with a hamstring. He wasn’t able to finish the game, but other than that, everybody else was able to finish the game. I thought this was a great team win. I thought all three phases contributed to winning this football game. I thought it was outstanding the way we were able to start the game to be able to get a stop, hit the deep ball early in the game for the touchdown. To come back after that the next drive and be able to get a 13-play, 88-yard drive and get a touchdown after that I thought that was outstanding. I thought the goal line stand for our defense was a critical situation in the game. Special teams taking the ball away on the fumbled punt was outstanding. I think we had five takeaways in the game. Those interceptions you guys have all been talking about, they began to come around a little bit and that’s what happens. I thought it was a great team win. Our guys fought. Our guys battled. Our guys kept competing all the way to the end. We were able to get the win and that’s a good football team that we played. Well-coached and they’re a good team. So I’ll open it up to questions.
On second half offensive struggles
I just don’t think we executed as well as we needed to in the second half. That’s really, basically, what it was. We have to come out faster in the second half and a little more attention to detail. It’s about throwing and catching and blocking and running; it’s pretty simple.
On Terrelle Pryor’s ability to extend a play late in the game
It’s huge. Listen, that’s what that kid brings to us. Terrelle brings that ability when things aren’t right, when things break down, he brings the ability to go and make the play. I thought he made some outstanding plays in the game being able to get out of the pocket and still be able to get the ball down the field. So I was pleased with the way that Terrelle played. I thought he started the game out about as good as you can start out. I thought he threw the ball well. He got us in and out of the huddle, got us in the right plays. He did a nice job.
On Denarius Moore
I think all those guys, the more they play together, the better that chemistry is going to be. I think the one thing that they all know is there’s always a chance the ball could get to them because Terrelle can extend the play and continue to create. That’s what those guys understand to stay alive in the scramble patterns that we have and gives them the opportunity to make plays. I think our passing game, it’s still a work in progress, but I think I’ve seen some good things.
On if it’s fun to watch Pryor from the sideline
It’s exciting. It really is. It gives everybody on the team a boost when he goes out there and makes those explosive plays and creates those plays. A lot of times when you look up and you think, ‘oh no, something bad is going to happen,’ and here he goes getting out of the pocket and creates. So, it gives our team a sense of confidence that no matter what happens in the game, we’re going to still be able to continue to move the ball and have a chance to score points.
On defense responding with two turnovers at end of game
I thought that was outstanding. We knew this was going to be a 60-minute game. This is a team that in two games this year they’ve had over 500 yards of total offense. We knew they were a good offensive football team; they were going to be able to move the ball. But we knew that if we continued to hang in there and keep playing and limited the times the ball gets over our head, that was the critical thing in the game. I think we had one where we really let the ball get over our head. Making them keep the ball in front of you and do a great job of tackling, we thought we could potentially get some takeaways.
On when Jennings got hurt
I’m not sure exactly when. I’m pretty sure it happened in the first half, but I’m not sure exactly when it was.
On the defensive stops in the red-zone
We have to play better in the red-zone. We hadn’t played well enough in the red zone this year and that was a huge point of emphasis this week and I thought our guys responded.
On LB Kevin Burnett
Kevin is like a lot of the guys that we have on our defense that not very many people talk about, but they’re good football players. They love playing the game of football. They come to work every day. They’ve been playing in this league for a while. They understand how to play and to play at a high level and he’s one of those guys that’s done that. I think this was a big game for Kevin and he was team captain for this game and I thought he played outstanding in the game.
On FS Charles Woodson
He’s made a habit of doing that his whole career – a defensive score and an interception to seal the game. That’s what we expect out of him. He’s been a playmaker for us and he’ll continue to be a playmaker for us.